Tetanus Treatment, Crazy People, and Social Media

I rarely get into the vaccine stuff here because I don’t need crazy people attacking me. I have enough of that as it is. I was just amazed at this Newsweek article:

According to the report, in 2017 the child sustained an injury to his forehead while playing outside. Following the accident, the laceration was “cleaned and sutured at home.”

Six days later, the child experienced muscle spasms, jaw clenching and difficulty breathing. At that time, his parents called for emergency services and the child was airlifted to a local medical center. Despite receiving treatment, the child, on his fifth day in the hospital, required a tracheal tube and, as he experienced spasms in his diaphragm and larynx, had to be placed on a ventilator. 

According to the report, the child remained on a ventilator and a neuromuscular blocker for more than a month. He also spent time “in a darkened room with ear plugs and minimal stimulation,” as light and loud noise generated more spasms. He was also treated with metronidazole and other antibiotics through an IV to help regulate his blood pressure and heart rate, and fight off a severe fever.

After spending 57 days in the hospital, the child was moved to a rehabilitation center where he regained the ability to walk, run and bike within 17 days. 

Doctors gave the child a diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) during the course of his eight-weeks of treatment, which the CDC estimated to cost more than $800,000. However, the estimate did not include the cost of air transportation, inpatient rehabilitation and the use of an ambulance, the report said.

Despite the recommendation of doctors, the child’s parents refused a second dose of the DTaP vaccination and other vaccines.

Okay, a couple of things. I am obviously pro-vaccine. This sh%t is getting out of hand and if polio comes back then god help us all.

Second, who the hell is suturing their 6 year old kid’s head? This family is nuts and needs to be watched.

Third, the family STILL refuses the second dose of DTaP? After the kid almost dies and a $800 K bill! This just proves how deep and pervasive these anti-vax beliefs are. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Lastly, I am fully disgusted at Facebook and social media for helping to perpetuate this madness. I think Pinterest stopped the anti-vax misinformation but FB has done very little. And how about the politicians who are allowing these nutcases to push their agenda? Even with measles outbreaks across the US, at least 20 states have proposed anti-vaccination bills.

This has got to stop.

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